One thing I've found that helps is to eat off of smaller plates and use smaller bowls. The only exception? Have larger glasses of water! You don't want to fill up the small plates but you won't feel bad if you lick the plate clean!!
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In addition to the secret below by PEACHES about using smaller plates, use smaller utensils too. A childs fork and spoon will make that smaller portion (which looks larger on the small plate) last longer.
I don't know if this has the same effect on everyone but the best thing that I did was to start using smaller plates. I have always been used to having a full plate and when faced with anything less I felt I was getting short changed. 224
Now with smaller plates I can have a meal with the plate full and I am satisfied. This may be Psychological but it certainly works for me.
I found it easy to maintain a lower weight (after dieting) by using smaller plates. I found a very cheap (seasonal) set at K-mart that I've been using year round. By having less room on the plate and making it a rule to not go back for seconds, it's easier to stay within my calorie range!
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